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Let's Rock the 2000s

Let's Rock the 2000s

After the nineties came the noughties, a decade in which businesses offering intangible products, such as Facebook and Google, became as valuable as companies making things out of iron and steel. Al Qaeda terrorists brought down the World Trade Center. America entered seemingly unending wars on foreign soil. Industrial and economic development in China and India took jobs away from America. The stock and housing markets crashed. Not a happy time.

In music, the greatest change proved to be technological. The iPod and its clones have created a world in which individuals fashion their own private listening experience. People still listen to Buddy Holly, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. In fact, through file downloading services classic and obscure rock has never been more accessible. Because of the digital revolution CD sales slumped, but the decade still threw out some big hits and big names.

Black performers and producers (and Eminem, a white boy with a black soul) made the most noise, from the R&B of Usher, Beyonce and Alicia Keys to the pop sound of the Black Eyed Peas and rap of 50 Cent.

As a counterpoint, country pop defined some of the decade’s biggest stars including Taylor Swift. It was an important decade for women, with Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Pink and Gwen Steffani also providing hits.

Out of all this, it’s hard to find an old-fashioned rock band. Maybe the closest we’ll come is the Killers, although Coldplay certainly had their fans.

Take a look at the Let's Rock! llist on our New, Best & Fun page and see who else made noise in the noughties.